MHG12689 - Cup Marked Stone - Dun Creagach (Dun Creagach 1)


A cup marked stone at Dun Creagach.

Type and Period (1)

  • CUP MARKED STONE (Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC? to 551 BC?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

NC63SW 5 6012 3466.

At NC 6012 3466 is a cup-marked boulder. The face inclined to SW measures 1.7m by 1.5m and has about 65 cup marks upon it, some of which appear to be cojoined. The boulder is situated 30.0m from a hut circle (NC63SW 2).
Surveyed at 1:10,560. Visited by OS (J B) 28 March 1977.

This panel was recorded as part of the ScRAP (Scotlands Rock Art project) by members of NoSAS in September 2020. The panel lies on the west facing slope of a low knoll on the SE side of Loch Naver and the NW slopes of Ben Klebreck. A small unnamed burn lies about 50m to the SSW. The higher ground of the knoll is bracken covered but the panel lies in rough grass, heather and intermittent bracken. The panel is one of many boulders scattered across the slope. To the NW (c.25m) there is a degraded hut circle, visible as a scatter of boulders with the NW arc now below the turf. Dun Creagach 3 lies about 70m to the north and Dun Creagach 2 (Canmore 5650, ScRAP 2523) lies about 200m to the north. There is other archaeology in the area, more hut circles, Dun Creagach broch and Klibreck, a multiperiod settlement with a chapel site, a standing stone and a cross incised stone.

This is a roughly triangular slab measuring 2 x 1.6m and set into the SW facing slope. There is a single deep fissure running NNW-SSE across the north end of the slab, and the 97 cupmarks are scattered randomly across the surface. Some of the cups appear to be conjoined, and others are joined by grooves. On the south corner of the slab there are several sharp-edged hollows. On the north vertical face there are 3 grooves, 2 shallow and 1 deeper, which do not appear to be associated with any cups. The stone is heavily covered with lichen and moss and heather covered the edges of the slab. <1>

NGR adjusted based on 2009 vertical aerial photographs. <2>

Note; Approximate location of stone identified through 2009 aerial photography, location photographs, grid reference and report plan (T.Blackie 31/1/24)

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Grid reference Centred NC 6006 3464 (10m by 10m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NC63SW
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish FARR

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